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Transforming Lives

Sayed Nazir (right) advises the benefit of oral rehydration solutions for the treatment of diarrhea and dehydration to the fathe

Afghanistan is a large and diverse country where most citizens live in small, rural villages.  Providing health care in these areas is a challenge due to poor roads, security concerns, insufficient medical facilities, and a lack of female healthcare providers in remote areas.  Nevertheless, community health workers (CHWs) – male and female volunteers trained to deliver basic healthcare – are improving the health of their fellow Afghans around the country.

Mullahs learned how to improve family health in accordance with the Holy Koran.

Afghanistan’s infant, child, and maternal mortality rates are among the world’s highest.  Cultural taboos surrounding family planning, as well as a lack of education about effective healthcare for mothers and children, have led to this public health challenge.  Throughout the country, there is an acute need to raise awareness about products and practices that keep mothers, children, and families healthy. 

Packing wool at the Ikhlas Wool Spinning Company.

Afghanistan’s hand-woven carpets are world famous and poised to play a significant role in the country’s economic growth.  However, the wool thread used to weave the carpets is, more often than not, imported from neighboring countries.  Until recently, Afghanistan lacked the wool production and storage facilities to enable the country’s carpet producers to maximize their profits by weaving with domestic wool.

A trainer inspects bars of soap made by community members in Wazir. The USAID-funded factory enables workers to make soap for us

Roads connect communities to needed public services, such as health clinics, schools, and markets.  Throughout Afghanistan, USAID is building roads and providing local communities with development projects along those roads, such as the construction of a soap factory in Nangarhar province.  This community outreach approach generates income for local residents and demonstrates that roads bring development.  

Newly installed solar streetlights line the road into Fayzabad in Badakhshan Province. The road itself, which links Fayzabad wit

Besides reducing the municipality’s need for costly diesel fuel, the solar lights will improve air quality, reduce crime, facilitate nighttime traffic, extend market hours along the roadway, and improve security for Fayzabad’s citizens.

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Last updated: October 11, 2017

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